Glasgow push Basques but come up short

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Glasgow's Johnnie Beattie gets the better of Magnus Lund in the lineout

Glasgow Warriors 18     Biarrtiz 22  

By Shane de Barra

In the final moments of this game it looked as though Glasgow may well have sent the Basques of Biarritz back to the south of France with nothing more than a losing bonus point.

Sean Lineen’s men ended their opening Heineken Cup match camped on their opponents line but in failing to cross were ultimately left to rue another missed opportunity, eventually succumbing 18-22 in Firhill.

Glasgow started well dominating early posession and forcing Biarrtiz to concede penalties which the in-form Dan Parks duly turned to points, 9-0 after 15 minutes.

When Biarritz finally got going with a 17th minute venture into the Glasgow half, Dimitri Yachvilli proved himself  as eagle-eyed as Parks, slotting his first attempt neatly through the posts. It was game-on minutes later as Damien Traille landed a drop goal to bring the Basques within three points of their hosts.

The Scots were not rattled however as Parks disected the posts with a monster penalty 57 meters from the Biarritz line but this was cancelled by another Yachvilli penalty. Parks sent an attempted drop goal wide minutes later but centre Marcelo Bosch made no mistake at the other end – all square at half time.

You got the feeling the game was there for the taking for either side and it was quick thinking by England international flanker Magnus Lund that ultimately proved the differnence between the sides.

From a sloppy Glasgow lineout the ball spilled free and resulted in a race to the line between Lund and Glasgow scrum half Colin Gregor. Lund was first to apply downward pressure and with the subsequent conversion, added by Yachvilli, Biarritz were four points clear and well and truly in the acendency.  

A Dan Parks drop goal brought the margin back to just one point but further Glasgow indiscipline in their own half allowed Yachvilli restore the four point advantage with a wonderful kick from wide on the touchline.

Glasgow needed a try and were urgent in their play in the final minutes but their frantic efforts bore no fruit. So near yet so far.